A Christmas stocking made for me by a friend who shall remain nameless has alternate slightly raised rows in the stockinette. As if either the knit or the purl row is being done improperly somehow, where normally the stockinette should be smooth.
Before I approach him about this problem, I'd like to have the solution in hand, so I can show him what to do. Has anyone seen stockinette that turns out in this manner? Is it just a tension difference between his knitting and purling? Or something else?
If so, what caused it, and how did you fix it?
I'm adding a photo that shows the problem as best I can, but it's hard to see in photos.
for stockinette you should have all V's on one side. (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row) repeat those 2 rows. Your probably doing 2 rows of knit or 2 rows of purl instead of 1 of each....that will give you a "raised" row.
I think maybe he is twisting his stitches on the knit side ... knitting into the back of the loop instead of the front of the loop. If they were 2 purls and/or 2 knits there would bumps and v's on both sides instead of just "rough" v's.
Looks to me like this is only happening in the heel flap; the rest of the stocking looks smooth. Could your friend have done the heel flap in garter st instead of stockinette by mistake? I know that a lot of knitting instructions simply use "work in stockinette st ..." without explaining that stockinette st is done differently in this section because you've changed from working in the round to working flat. It would be easy enough to do!
That's a nice stocking that he/she obviously put a lot of time and thought into. I don't think I'd want to approach him/her about it unless they asked..don't want them to feel bad. But maybe that's just me.
When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.
I don't have a lot of experience, but I'm leaning towards tension issue, too. 'Cause I can see what you are talking about on all parts, red, green, and white. And it still "looks" like stockinette, I mean the Vs are all there...
I did notice this on one of my projects, but it wasn't all the way through, it was just a row here and there. But I told myself it was because I was purling more loosely than knitting. Tension issues on every other row are more obvious on the wrong side, I find. Look on the inside, and you may see big gaps between some rows and not others.
I've never made socks, so I don't know if this was knit in the round or flat. If in fact it was knit flat, and you believe the purl rows are different from the knit rows, you won't know now which rows were made by knitting and which ones were made by purling, but you're friend could watch for it the next time a project is on the needles, because that's when you'll know if you have just completed a knit row or purl row.
Sometimes, when you leave your knitting on the needle for a few days (or longer) and then come back to it, that row that was on the needle will "stand out" a little from the rest. Maybe that's what happened.